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The design services offered by Hardshell Publishing for the production of our cookbook were second to none and were perfect to meet our personal business
hours and needs.

Nothing was too much
trouble and all of our
suggestions and feedback
were taken on board.

Hardshell Publishing went
over and above to meet
our deadlines and ensure
a great final product whilst
providing lots of valuable
marketing and design
advice along the way."

Lisa & Neil Fitzgerald

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Book Publishing

Are you looking to self-publish a book? We believe in providing our clients with books that not only look professional, but are tailored to reach your goals and target market.

We do this by assisting authors to successfully navigate the book publishing process.

Our clients include new authors, individuals, organisations and Government departments. Every book project is treated with as much attention to detail as if it were our own. Having years of experience in book design and publishing, we have also published our own books and know the road that self-publishers travel, in order to successfully produce: custom books, print-on-demand books or eBooks for Amazon Kindle...

Working with Hardshell Publishing allows you to:

  1. Stay in control of your project;
  2. Ask questions of publishing and marketing professionals along the way;
  3. Retain 100% copyright to your own work;
  4. Make 100% profit on your own book sales; and
  5. Publish your books in your name (or business name).

There is no catch. We provide all quotes up front and you can pick and choose the level of services you need, all while being supported and guided by publishing professionals, throughout the process. All work that is undertaken is supported by a strong values-driven culture and genuine desire to see our clients succeed.

For all book publishing, design or marketing enquiries click here to contact us
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Note: We do not accept manuscripts unless they are ready to take flight in self-publishing directions. During periods of high demand, we do have a minimum of 50 books per print order.

Our services are listed below.

Self publishing services;
• Book publishing consultations
Book cover design and layout
Book printing and binding
eBooks and Amazon Kindle
• Print on Demand (Create Space)
• ISBN and barcodes

• CiP and legal deposits

• Marketing and design services;
• Marketing plans
• Book launch invitations and flyers
• Business cards
• Book synopsis and author bio's
• Web design for books and authors
• Websites for sales online with PayPal
• Social media marketing
• eNewsletters
and databases


Book Publishing Examples (click on the image for a bigger picture)
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Colour to Life: Children's drawing and colouring book Colour to Life: a colouring book for children and adults

Brief: Create a book that encourages creativity in children and adults, by using idea generation methods to spark ideas, along with colouring pictures. Illustrate imaginative charactors and scenes that inspire creativity in others.
Requirements: Book cover design, page layout design, writing, illustration, book registration, online web sales, marketing plan, nation-wide creative competition, press releases, flyers, order forms and brochures.

Book Publication Design: Award Winning Tumby Views Magazine, designed by Hardshell Publishing. Tumby Views: Magazine

Brief: Promote Tumby Bay, South Australia by designing a professional, glossy magazine, packed with photos, stories, games, maps and vouchers.
Requirements: Book cover design, page layout design, photo optimisation and print management.

A Path from the Window: Design by Hardshell Publishing. A Path from the Window - Novel

Brief: A new author had written her life story spanning from England to Australia and was looking to self-publish her own books with assistance in all areas to go from manuscript to a polished book suitable for sale.
Requirements: Book publishing consulting, book cover design, page layout design, photo optimisation, printing and eBook formatting.

Graphic Design: Annual Report cover for Surf Life Saving South Australia Inc. Annual Report: Surf Life Saving South Australia Inc

Brief: Assist Surf Life Saving SA to produce a high quality Annual Report to document the events, awards, achievements and statistics of the recent financial year.
Requirements: Book cover design, page layout design, photo optimisation and print management.

A Tale From Vienna - Book Cover Design & Page Layout A Tale From Vienna: a novella

Brief: Assist the author to self-publish their second book. From initial concept design to full print production of an A5 size novella.
Requirements: Book cover design, typesetting, page layout design, illustration, soft cover book printing, perfect binding and delivery of high quality, saleable books.


Schaffas - Hard cover book Schaffas: hard cover book

Brief: Assist Screamdance to produce a new hard cover book that documents the Schaffas Two exhibition and a selection of the Schaffas from the first exhibition in Adelaide, South Australia.
Requirements: Produce a high quality hard cover book with special effects: clear foiling and embosing on cloth cover, spot colours, head and tail bands and tailored binding. Assist authors in the self-publishing process, including book printing, binding and registering of their new book title for national sales.

Click here to visit the Schaffas website...


The Aussie Dumb A*se Cookbook The Aussie Dumb A*se Cookbook: soft cover book

Brief: Design a full colour cookbook including: book brand development, front cover logo and design, colour-coded chapter sections and over 200 photos for a perfect bound, soft cover book.
Requirements: Branding, book cover design, layout design, typesetting a full colour book of over 90 pages, format colour photos for printing, design and print business cards to advertise the book and design and publish a new website with online book sales. www.theaussiedumbarsecookbook.com


Graphic Design of an Annual Report cover Annual Report Design: saddle stitch publication

Brief: Produce a high quality A4 Annual Report to document the events and statistics of the recent financial year for a Not for Profit organisation.
Requirements: Cover design using a gloss UV spot varnish, page layout design, photo optimisation and print management for a saddle-stitch book.


Alpha Two - Book design and printing Alpha Two: the novel

Brief: Assist a new author to self-publish their first book. From initial concept cover design to full print production of an A5 size novel suitable for both print and eBook sales.
Requirements: Book cover design, typesetting, page layout design, image retouching, quality book printing, perfect binding and delivery of high quality, saleable books.


Signposts: Manual-style book Signposts: a parenting manual

Brief: A new author requires guidence in all areas of self-publishing
from initial drafts to finished, quality, manual-style A5 size book.
Requirements: The author had their own design idea that required vector artwork for the cover, typesetting, page layout design, image retouching, quality printing, perfect binding, ISBN and barcode registration and delivery of high quality, saleable books.


St Paul's College Publication St Paul's College Publication Design

Brief: Design a high quality publication to provide information about St Paul's College for prospective parents, students and staff.
Requirements: Cover design and book page layout, photo optimisation and printing of quality A4 books.


W&C Hospital - Be Active Take Steps Women's and Children's Hospital
Be Active Take Steps: primary school activities book

Brief: Design and illustrate a physical activity and educational resource for teachers in the form of an A4 printed book and A5 diary to record individual student achievements. The theme used pedometers to encourage physical activity in primary schools throughout Australia.
Requirements: Brand development, book cover design and layout, illustration, typesetting and full print management.


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